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Plater admits he is 'highly unlikely' for TT following NW200 fall

Last year's Senior TT winner Steve Plater has admitted that he will likely have to sit out the defence of his victory in 2010, following the broken arm he sustained during practice for last weekend's North West 200 in Ireland
Steve Plater has confessed that following his crash during practice for last weekend's North West 200 and subsequent trip to hospital, he is now 'highly unlikely' to take part in the iconic TT meeting later this year – and will therefore be unable to defend his Senior TT crown from 2009.

Riding for HM Plant Honda, Plater went down on Thursday at the last corner of the Irish road racing course, Quarry Hill, after losing control of his Honda Fireblade and sliding into the catch-fencing with a hefty impact, leaving the 37-year-old with a broken left forearm, for which he underwent an operation the following day to put a plate into the break. He admitted that he has been touched by all the support he has received since the injury.

“I've been overwhelmed by all the well-wishes via text, 'phone and email and can't thank everyone enough for their kind words and support, or thank all the medical staff enough, both at the hospital and trackside, who have played a part in helping me feel more comfortable,” he is quoted as having said by Isle of Man Today.

“I just want to focus on making sure my arm has the chance to completely recover, but I'm also determined to be back on my Honda Fireblade as soon as possible. Being able to compete at the TT is highly unlikely, though, and I'm gutted about that.”

Aside from his Senior TT triumph last year – his second victory in the event to-date, and en route to which he set a new course record to finish in 1hr 45min 53.15 secs, at an average speed of 128.278mph – Plater inherited the top spot in the 2008 Supersport TT race after the on-the-road winner was excluded. Prior to that, he was voted best newcomer in 2007, having been mentored by Mick Grant.

The Lincolnshire ace also claimed NW200 glory in 2009, and is the current Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship leader – though with the next outing at Cadwell Park this weekend, he looks likely to find himself swiftly overhauled.

'Steve is fortunate to have come away from his high-speed crash with relatively minor injuries,' added a statement from HM Plant Honda, 'and this is testament to the FIM-approved safety bales which absorbed the majority of the impact, the quality of Steve's leathers and helmet and also his quick-thinking, as when he knew he was sliding towards the kerb he picked his legs up to minimise any further injury.

'Steve remembers the whole accident and, although in pain, was talking to paramedics and HM Plant Honda's team manager, Harvey Beltran, before being taken to hospital by ambulance – in fact, the first thing he said was to ask Harvey to call his wife, and reeled off her number.'

Related Pictures

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Steve Plater with the Senior TT Trophy (Stephen Davison)
This shot taken by Ken Richardson is one of my favourites simply because I know how difficult it is to get that action shot that everyone wants. They’ve seen the race on TV, seen Plater go down and automatically think that their ‘snapper’ should have got it, well life isn’t like that is it! Not only do you have to be in the right place at the right time but you’ve then got to be able to deliver and capture the action, this is a fantastic shot and yet again shows what’s possible from the spectator enclosures.
Steve Plater - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Steve Plater - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Steve Plater - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Derek Sheils in action at the Walderstown road races.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Derek Sheils on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki at the Skerries 100.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.

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Dangerboy - Unregistered

May 20, 2010 9:07 AM

Getted for the Steve as he is getting better and better with age, heres hoping for a speedy recovery and thats hes back on the short circuits soon. Perhaps a little contentious but will Honda look for a replacement for the TT? I was watching the NW last night and wondering why no-ones given young Michael Dunlop a try out on a fully supported bike, he has raw speed in abundance (despite his size)...

markyb - Unregistered

May 20, 2010 3:05 AM

Ye steves a great guy and i hope he turns up at cadwell even though he isnt riding - there will be a lot of people hoping he does! get well soon steve...

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